Limited time, competing viewpoints, and a lack of curated resources make it difficult to explore modern topics with students. Civil's news coverage and ready-to-use materials enable teachers to:
We believe schools are the perfect environment to exchange views about important issues in our complex and biased world. Civil's mission is to promote:
For nine months, we ran a weekly newsletter that broke down the biggest political story of the week from the Left and Right. Our goal was to lessen the information asymmetry and incivility created by biased media outlets.
In the Spring of 2021, high school teachers told us they were using our newsletter in class every week as a basis for civil discussions on current events.
That was it: instead of focusing on adults who may already be set in their ways, why not use current events to prepare students for our hyperpolarized world? We interviewed over 50 social studies teachers and kept hearing the same thing. "I want to prepare my students to be informed citizens and critical thinkers. The problem is that I don't have the time to do the research needed to navigate complicated current events." Over six months later, we’ve built a platform that empowers teachers to do just that.